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IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date4-12-1981
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age37 years, 3 months, 5 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.62014
0.42015
2.52016
-0.22017
-0.12018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2012 SEA MLB 30 16 125.3 9 5 2 117 43 101 17 .269 87 8.4 3.1 1.2 7.3 53% .282 .268 1.28 4.29 3.16 116 5.52 126.5 -0.6
2013 SEA MLB 33 33 219.7 14 6 0 179 42 185 25 .269 94 7.3 1.7 1.0 7.6 50% .252 .232 1.01 3.47 2.66 105 4.13 98.9 2.2
2014 SEA MLB 28 28 179.0 15 9 0 167 21 154 20 .263 90 8.4 1.1 1.0 7.7 52% .287 .243 1.05 3.27 3.52 97 3.67 90.0 2.6
2015 SEA MLB 20 20 129.7 9 5 0 117 21 111 18 .262 96 8.1 1.5 1.2 7.7 53% .271 .245 1.06 3.70 3.54 108 4.80 112.1 0.4
2016 SEA MLB 33 33 199.0 16 12 0 218 46 147 28 .260 101 9.9 2.1 1.3 6.6 42% .311 .264 1.33 4.22 4.12 103 4.25 94.1 2.5
2017 SEA MLB 6 6 31.0 0 2 0 27 12 16 7 .259 103 7.8 3.5 2.0 4.6 41% .220 .271 1.26 6.39 4.35 119 6.12 130.2 -0.2
CareerMLB150136883.763392825185714115.264958.41.91.27.349%.279.2501.143.853.421054.43102.86.9

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2001 OSA npb 9 8 43.7 4 2 0 46 13 25 3 .000 9.5 2.7 0.6 5.1 0% -1.049 .000 1.35 -0.97 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2002 OSA npb 23 1 141.3 8 7 0 132 42 131 10 .000 8.4 2.7 0.6 8.3 0% -.667 .000 1.23 -0.92 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 OSA npb 27 0 195.7 15 10 0 201 48 149 19 .000 9.2 2.2 0.9 6.9 0% -.831 .000 1.27 3.67 3.45 0 0.00 0.0
2004 OSA npb 21 0 158.7 15 2 0 149 30 123 13 .000 8.4 1.7 0.7 7.0 0% -.782 .000 1.13 3.35 3.01 0 0.00 0.0
2005 RAK npb 27 27 182.3 9 15 0 218 40 124 19 .000 10.8 2.0 0.9 6.1 0% -1.087 .000 1.42 3.86 4.99 0 0.00 0.0
2006 RAK npb 6 6 38.7 1 2 0 43 12 16 4 .000 10.0 2.8 0.9 3.7 0% .287 .000 1.42 4.40 3.72 0 0.00 0.0
2007 RAK npb 16 16 90.0 5 5 0 95 23 84 6 .000 9.5 2.3 0.6 8.4 0% .326 .000 1.31 2.80 3.40 0 0.00 0.0
2008 RAK npb 28 28 201.7 21 4 0 161 36 159 3 .000 7.2 1.6 0.1 7.1 0% .270 .000 0.98 2.24 1.87 0 0.00 0.0
2009 RAK npb 24 24 169.0 13 6 0 179 43 121 15 .000 9.5 2.3 0.8 6.4 0% .312 .000 1.31 3.61 3.25 0 0.00 0.0
2010 RAK npb 28 28 201.0 10 9 0 184 36 153 11 .000 8.2 1.6 0.5 6.9 0% .284 .000 1.09 3.05 2.82 0 0.00 0.0
2012 SEA MLB 30 16 125.3 9 5 2 117 43 101 17 .269 87 8.4 3.1 1.2 7.3 53% .282 .268 1.28 4.29 3.16 116 5.52 126.5
2013 SEA MLB 33 33 219.7 14 6 0 179 42 185 25 .269 94 7.3 1.7 1.0 7.6 50% .252 .232 1.01 3.47 2.66 105 4.13 98.9
2014 SEA MLB 28 28 179.0 15 9 0 167 21 154 20 .263 90 8.4 1.1 1.0 7.7 52% .287 .243 1.05 3.27 3.52 97 3.67 90.0
2014 TAC AAA 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 .291 108 13.5 0.0 0.0 4.5 69% .375 .296 1.50 2.69 4.50 94 3.87 75.2
2015 SEA MLB 20 20 129.7 9 5 0 117 21 111 18 .262 96 8.1 1.5 1.2 7.7 53% .271 .245 1.06 3.70 3.54 108 4.80 112.1
2015 EVE A- 1 1 3.7 0 0 0 3 0 3 1 .265 113 7.4 0.0 2.5 7.4 42% .182 .259 0.82 5.51 2.45 100 3.99 85.5
2015 TAC AAA 2 2 9.7 1 0 0 8 2 10 0 .266 102 7.4 1.9 0.0 9.3 46% .308 .217 1.03 2.14 0.93 89 3.79 78.0
2016 SEA MLB 33 33 199.0 16 12 0 218 46 147 28 .260 101 9.9 2.1 1.3 6.6 42% .311 .264 1.33 4.22 4.12 103 4.25 94.1
2017 SEA MLB 6 6 31.0 0 2 0 27 12 16 7 .259 103 7.8 3.5 2.0 4.6 41% .220 .271 1.26 6.39 4.35 119 6.12 130.2
2017 MOD A+ 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 .256 99 2.2 0.0 0.0 9.0 67% .111 .078 0.25 1.91 0.00 93 3.63 72.9
2017 TAC AAA 1 1 2.0 0 1 0 4 2 3 1 .273 82 18.0 9.0 4.5 13.5 43% .500 .475 3.00 10.22 18.00 100 5.74 110.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2012 1905 0.4976 0.4814 0.7884 0.6224 0.3417 0.8847 0.6147 0.2116
2013 3085 0.4972 0.4914 0.7672 0.6128 0.3714 0.8585 0.6181 0.2328
2014 2512 0.4765 0.4912 0.7974 0.6332 0.3620 0.8799 0.6660 0.2026
2015 1855 0.4679 0.5019 0.7669 0.6164 0.4012 0.8879 0.6035 0.2331
2016 2956 0.5210 0.4831 0.8221 0.6266 0.3270 0.8974 0.6652 0.1779
2017 459 0.4488 0.4553 0.8086 0.5971 0.3399 0.8618 0.7326 0.1914
Career127720.49270.48820.79050.62140.3580.880.63990.2095

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-16 2014-06-20 DTD 4 4 - Neck Stiffness -
2014-03-21 2014-05-03 15-DL 43 27 Right Fingers Recovery From Strain Middle Finger Tendon - -
2014-02-12 2014-03-21 Camp 37 0 Right Fingers Strain Middle Finger Tendon - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 SEA $
2017 SEA $14,000,000
2016 SEA $11,000,000
2015 SEA $7,000,000
2014 SEA $6,500,000
2013 SEA $6,500,000
2012 SEA $1,500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$46,500,000
6 yrTotal$46,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 0 dPaul Cobbe1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 11/30/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$12M (2016), plus 2017-18 club options. Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 12/18/15. $1M signing bonus (paid in three equal installments 12/31/15, 12/1/16, 12/1/17). 16:$10M, 17-18:$10M club options ($1M buyout for each). 2017 option guaranteed at $14M with 162 innings in 2016, provided Iwakuma does not end 2016 with unspecified injury. 2018 option guaranteed at $15M with either 162 innings in 2017 or 324 innings in 2016-17, provided Iwakuma does not end 2017 with unspecified injury. May become a free agent upon expiration of contract. Annual performance bonuses: $0.5M each for 150, 160, 170, 180, 190 innings. Full no-trade protection. Perks: 8 business class airline tickets annually between Japan and U.S., interpreter, trainer with a $100,000 salary. 2017 option vested 10/16.
  • 2 years/$14M (2013-14), plus 2015 option. Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 11/2/12. 13:$6.5M, 14:$6.5M, 15:$7M option, $1M buyout. 2015 option may become guaranteed based on performance. May earn additional $1.1M in performance bonuses. Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. 2015 option vested 2014.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2012). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/5/12. May earn additional $3.4M in performance bonuses based on starts, innings.
  • 1 year/$3.6M (2011). Re-signed by Rakuten after failing to reach agreement on a contract with Oakland. (Oakland had won negotiating rights with $19.1M bid after Iwakuma was posted by Rakuten after 2010 season.)

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .275 .306 .424 .257
11 vs R (Multi) .254 .299 .427 .254
18 Split (Multi) .021 .007 -.004 .003
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .290 .323 .443 .259
31 vs R (2016) .276 .325 .460 .269
38 Split (2016) .014 -.002 -.017 -.010
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the three most important players (no need to rank them in order of importance) in the race for the second American League wild card spot?
(Matt Zemek from Seattle)
Hisashi Iwakuma needs to continue pitching like a No. 2; Brian McCann has to handle a hastily-thrown-together rotation and also clobber the ball some more; Billy Butler has to mash the baseball back in the air for doubles and dingers. If everyone is OK with it, I ranked them by body weight. (Matt Sussman)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)I have a few pitchers on my roster in a Dynasty League who I have idetified as good "sells" - Francisco Liriano, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Michael Wacha. Do you agree and can you think of other specific pitchers you would be selling? Conversely, who are some pitchers you would be trying to buy?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
It all depends on the context of where you're at in your success cycle. Do you have a shot at winning this year? If you do, while Taijuan Walker is likely a better long term play than Liriano, you're better off with Liriano - at least for now. Some of this also depends on how easily you can fill in with replacements. I'd only be selling pitchers like Liriano if I were in a rebuilding mode...or if I could get a pitcher like Walker on the cheap.

I don't necessarily agree or disagree with this approach. I think I would need more information about your team/situation before I could comment on whether or not it's a good or bad idea to sell these guys. I'm not sure, though, why you'd sell Wacha. He might struggle this year (and people might be overpaying for him for 2014) but I like the long term outlook. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)20 team dynasty, h2h. I've got an elite offense say for my dh (Victor Martinez). My bullpen consists of Red Dragon and many one day/would be closers. My rotation is from heavy (Strasburg, Cain, Moore, Wheeler, Gausman, Taillon, Carlos Martinez, J. Mejia, Collmenter(???)). Pitching is king in this league, regardless of offense. I have, through various trades, the 1-1 pick next year in a 2-round, 40 pick draft. Would you a) draft Buxton; b) draft Archie Bradley, N. Syndergaard, or Robert Stephenson; c) draft Jose Dariel Abreu (will know where he signs by then); or d) trade the pick for something immediate?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Even with pitching being king, I'd still lean Buxton or trade it for a now piece. Could you get like a Hisashi Iwakuma or is that too high? Test the market for a big arm or just go Buxton if the offers are uninspiring. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hisashi Iwakuma.is he for real ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
So real! That doesn't mean he'll maintain a filthy 2.06 ERA, but I think he will remain a very strong fantasy asset. I'd bet on a 3.00 ERA the rest of the way and take anything better as a bonus. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hisashi Iwakuma... talk amongst yourself.
(vigilantebsball from Seattle)
We are, he's here right now eating these grapes from me. (Paul Sporer)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's a good buy-low MLB regular for SP this season?
(Sara from Tacoma)
I'll give you a few to cater to leagues of a variety of sizes. Hisashi Iwakuma is a sleeper I like a great deal. His high groundball percentage will help him in the transition to Safeco's new ballpark dimensions. Brett Anderson was impressive in his brief return to the hill at the end of last year and is currently a draft value at his current draft position in Mock Draft Central mocks. A few ugly starts to begin Ryan Dempster's time with the Rangers seem to have driven down his value. He'll be fine pitching in Boston and remains an undervalued starter. Chris Tillman enjoyed his first taste of success in the majors last year. He's not as good as his sub-3.00 ERA suggests, but some backlash from those looking at the peripherals may make him a value in AL-only in deep mixed leagues. I think he's capable of improving his underlying stats and staving off some of the regression that would otherwise come from him pitching at the same level this year. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)There are a couple of new Non-Darvish Japanese pitchers this year: Wei-yin Chin, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Hisashi Iwakuma. Will any of them have decent seasons in America?
(Paul from DC)
I like Iwakuma's chances more than Chin. Unfortunately, the Mariners gave Millwood a rotation spot over Iwakuma for now but that presents a bit of a draft day bargain. (Jason Collette)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)OK. List your top 5 late round, who the Hell is that guy sleepers. Any position.
(Billy from Wildwood, NJ)
Trevor Plouffe, Tyler Flowers, Brian Bogusevic, Hisashi Iwakuma, Brian Matusz (Jason Collette)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which agent has done the WORST job for his/her client so far this off-season? (in other words, why is Beltre still unemployed?)
(dianagramr from NYC)
Beltre will get his money, so I wouldn't tab his representation. Instead, I'll try not to let my disappointment show when I select Don Nomura for this winter's Jody Reed Award, for his failure to get Hisashi Iwakuma signed up stateside. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)WTG: Hisashi Iwakuma. What's his upside?How good are his secondary pitches?
(leites from New York)
Breaking ball is solid, that split/change thing he throws is a true plus pitch and the command/control is outstanding. Highest praise I've heard is a Tim Hudson comp, lowest I've heard is a solid No.4 starter. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on the probable effectiveness of the latest Japanese pitching import - Hisashi Iwakuma?
(Paul from DC)
Warning: economist cop-out answer. I don't have any idea how his stuff will translate other than the fact that 29 teams didn't think he was worth $17 million and 1 team did. I suspect that teams learned from Matsuzaka that it's smart to shade down your bids on an auction like that, but I still think the fact that $17 million wasn't outbid means something here. It means the experts in this stuff didn't think he was a top of the line starter. I doubt they're consistently underselling Japanese players, so I'm not terribly excited about him. Still curious, though. (Matt Swartz)


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